Juries: Mental Illness

Justice written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Bob Stewart Bob Stewart Conservative, Beckenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review policy on the disqualification for life from jury service of people who have had mental health problems.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Eligibility for jury service is regulated by the Juries Act 1974. It does not disqualify for life those who have had mental health problems.

Furthermore, the Government recently supported a Private Members Bill—now the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013—which provides that those voluntarily receiving treatment for a mental health condition are no longer disqualified from jury service.

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